Friday, September 14, 2012

We Called them, "Crispies".

When I was a child, my favorite fast food joint was Long John Silver's.

My siblings and I loved that place - especially after a long day at the local swimming pool.

Greasy fried chicken, fish, hush puppies, french fries - everything was deep fried. And, attempting to negate the fact that you were consuming more partially hydrogenated oil in one meal than one should consume in a lifetime, they served everything with a side of coleslaw.

A salad of sorts?

But, our favorite part of the meal - hands down - was the side of "crispies" that my Mom would always get for us: A small bowl of yummy, little, crunchy things that tasted like the outside of the fried fish and chicken.

Fast forward 20 years.

I was newly married to my husband when we stopped, at my very persistent pleading, at a Long John Silver's for lunch.

I ordered a grease-filled platter of chicken, french fries, and hush puppies and asked for a side of "crispies". The worker happily obliged and my husband looked at me as if I'd ordered fried cow tongue.

We sat down to our meal, and I immediately dove into my bowl of "crispies".

"Do you know what those are?", my husband asked.

"Yeah", I replied. "Crispies. You should try some. They're so good."

"SG", he continued, "They scrape those up from the bottom of the grease pit where they drain all the other 'stuff'. You know that's what you're eating, right?"

I thought about it for a minute, popped another "crispy" into my mouth, and shrugged:

"Hmmm. Well, that's gross. But, they're still the best part."

So, I dedicate this cartoon, and a large bowl of "crispies", to my reasonable and level-headed husband. Who would never eat greasy, fried crumbs from the bottom of a grease pit.

But, still loves the girl that would.

See, dear, I'm not the only one.

Originally published September 19, 2009.


  1. That's a cute and funny story! Many, many years ago I remember paying 25 cents for a little "boat" of crispies at LJS. And if my mom didn't buy them for my sister and me, we'd fight over the ones that came with our meals! :) I still love the crispies today too! lol

  2. Used to be right there with you Sarah! Loved the hush puppies, too!

  3. Oh My Gosh!!! I thought my family was the only one who LOVED those. My grama loved going there after Sunday church & got me hooked. She would order a whole basket of those. So gross but so delicious!

  4. Eat what you enjoy! I grew up eating scrapple... and I still occasionally enjoy it (I prefer the Rapa brand commonly sold in the Philly area). It grosses a lot of people out, but there's nothing like scrapple and grits for breakfast.